KOSSO ELOUL "MILGO X", 1971
Kosso Eloul (1920-1995) is one of our favorite sculptors and an important contributor to public art in Toronto.
In addition to the numerous public sculptures in Toronto by Eloul, his works can be found in many other prominent public spaces around the world, from California to Israel.
Most familiar with Eloul associate his work with his signature forms; large brushed aluminum (or steel) angled rectangles that defy gravity.
Eloul was born in Israel but educated in the United States. He first studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (under Frank Lloyd Wright) and later at the Chicago School of Design (with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy). He would return to Israel in 1946 and focus on his artwork while teaching. He would represent Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1959. It is only at the end of the 1950's that the artist fully embraces abstraction.
Around 1962 Eloul meets Rita Letendre, and within two years he leaves Israel, following her to first Montreal and then Toronto. As a couple they seem to influence each other and both of their artistic practices reaches maturity, ushering in critical and commercial success. By the end of the 1960's they have spent time in New York and California.
This sculpture is emblematic of Eloul's iconic style. Larger-scale versions of this sculpture have been exhibited around the world including variations in New York, Toronto, and Mexico City. These angled sliced rectangles and their medium are iconic Eloul.
Several major institutions have examples of his work in their permanent collections including the Brooklyn Museum, the Norton Simon Museum, the Israel Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to mention a few.
"Milgo" is not only the name of this sculpture, but the name of the fabricator that made many of Kosso's largest public sculptures including Toronto's "Meeting Place" and Kingston's "Time".
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"Milgo X" (aka "Manhattan")
Incised signature and title by the artist.
Brushed solid aluminum
20"H 8"W 6"D
Very good condition. Detailed condition report by request.
Note: this sculpture can be positioned in several different configurations
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